Whopper whale shark washes up

Last updated 14:45 08/02/2012

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A 10-metre long whale shark has been pulled from the sea off Karachi, Pakistan.

It took two cranes and more than four hours to lift the seven-tonne fish on to a jetty. Fishermen said it was found dead in shallow water off Gadani, local media reported.

A man who claims to have found the shark told The Express Tribune that "it was dead when my men found it".

"We will try to auction it. Let's see what it fetches us." The shark was sold for about $1.7 million Pakistani rupees ($22,474).

The shark will be put on public display for three days and the buyer will charge visitors, a fisheries dealer told the Tribune.

WWF marine biologist Moazam Khan said about 30 whale sharks have been found dead in Pakistani waters in the past seven years.

"No one kills them intentionally now," he said.

He said the whale shark was an endangered species and should not be killed in any case.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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